Catherine of Aragon, Queen consort of England

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Catherine of Castile and Aragon, Queen consort of England

Spanish: Catalina de Castilla y Aragón, reina consorte de Inglaterra
Also Known As: "Virtuous Aragon"
Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Death: January 7, 1536 (50)
Kimbolton Castle, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK
Place of Burial: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ferdinand II the Catholic, King of Aragon and Isabella I the Catholic, Queen of Castile
Wife of Arthur, Prince of Wales
Ex-wife of Henry VIII, King of England
Mother of NN Tudor, stillborn; Henry Tudor, 1st Duke of Cornwall, died in infancy; NN Tudor, stillborn; NN Tudor, stillborn; Mary I of England and 1 other
Sister of Isabel de Castela e Aragão, rainha consorte de Portugal; Juana I 'la Loca' de Castilla y Aragón, Reina de Navarra, Aragón, Mallorca y de Sicilia; Maria de Castela e Aragão, rainha consorte de Portugal; N.N. and Pedro Martin de Serrano
Half sister of Alonso de Estrada - Spanish Prelate Archbishop of Saragossa and Valencia and Lieutenant General of Aragon; Juan d'Aragón, príncipe de Girona; Alonso de Aragón, arzobispo de Zaragoza y Valencia; D. Juana de Aragón; 1 and 4 others

Occupation: Queen of England, Queen consort, Queen Consort of England
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About Catherine of Aragon, Queen consort of England

Catherine of Aragon: Daughter of a Spanish King - was the youngest daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and his wife, Isabella. She became a political pawn for the ruling monarchs, as did all daughters for the people of the 16th century. This was the best way to create an alliance with other countries and Ferdinand had his eyes set on England. The King of England at the time, Henry VII, had two living sons; Arthur Tudor was the eldest and the heir to the throne. It made sense to arrange a marriage between the two youngsters. Catherine was only three-years-old when the marriage to the young English heir was arranged, who wasn’t even two at the time! The future Queen of England didn’t make her journey to the country until she was 16-years-old. She spoke very little English upon arrival and it took three months to finally reach land. English:


Catherine of Aragon Marries Arthur Tudor - The two married on November 14, 1501. Her future husband, Henry VIII, escorted her down the aisle as her father was not there. The wedding was uneventful, apart from the traditional lavish display for the future King and Queen, and the two moved to Ludlow Castle. It was during the next six months that affect Catherine’s second marriage. It is unknown whether the marriage was consummated. According to Tudor tradition, it is unlikely that it wasn’t but there is speculation over the health of the couple. Within six months, both had fallen ill and Arthur died. Catherine found herself as the Dowager Princess of Wales at just 17-years-old.

Catherine of Aragon Marries Henry VIII - On June 11, 1509, Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon. She was 24-years-old at the time of the marriage, which was actually quite old for women in Tudor England. She had been married before though, to Henry VIII’s brother, Arthur Tudor, but was widowed just six months into the marriage. She didn’t know it then but this would cause problems for her later in her marriage to King Henry.

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Catherine of Aragon, Queen consort of England's Timeline

December 16, 1485
Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
January 31, 1510
Age 24
January 1, 1511
Age 25
Richmond Palace, Richmond, Surrey, England
November 1513
Age 27
January 8, 1515
Age 29